COCO MARTIN has become a staple in your regular TV programming. If not yours, probably your parents, or your grandparents, or your aunties and uncles. It’s not surprising that the range of his fans come from the kids who find him their idol, teens who find him good-looking, and older people who find him adorable.
Since Coco has been in the spotlight for the longest time, you may have forgotten that he, too, like many other actors and actresses in the industry had to climb his way to where he is now.
From small appearances, independent films, commercials and leading roles, he had done it all. But let us not limit his capabilities into just acting, you will be surprised what he does besides appearing in front of the television. To know more about Coco, read on!
Life and Education
Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno goes by the screen name Coco Martin. He was born in November 1, 1981 in Sampaloc Manila, but he did his growing up in Novaliches, Quezon City. Tragedy struck the family when his parents Maria Teresa Pacheco and Ramon Nacianceno separated, leaving Ramon to fend for himself. Although in interviews, most of his fond memories was with his grandmother who served as his guardian.
He obtained his college degree from the National College of Business and Arts, focusing on Hotel and Restaurant Management. What makes him highly relatable to many is that he also had his period working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Canada. He worked as a janitor.
Early Acting Jobs
Coco was launched in 2000 as part of Star Circle Batch 9, under Star Magic. He was in the same batch with other actors like Heart Evangelista, Rafael Rosell, Janus Del Prado and Angel Locsin. His first cameo appearance was in 2001, in the movie Luv Text which stars Judy Ann Santos, Nida Blanca, Wowie De Guzman.
From there, he starred in many independent films, the most iconic of which is the movie Masahista in 2005 co-written and directed by Brilliante Mendoza. He played the lead role of Iliac. His acting in the film won him Young Critics Circle Best Actor Award in 2006.
He became a regular cast member in the television series Ligaw na Bulaklak in 2008 starring Roxanne Barcelo, Sid Lucero and Ara Mina. In the next year, he appeared in the series Tayong Dalawa with Kim Chiu, Gerard Anderson and Jake Cuenca.
He starred in his first lead role in the series Tonyong Bayawak, a remake on the 1979 film Agimat: Ang mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla presents Tonyong Bayawak. It was however in 2011 where he starred in his first main lead role in the iconic drama series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin which has a star studded cast. He worked with Maja Salvador, Lorna Tolentino, John Estrada, Tonton Gutierrez, Boots Anson-Roa and Ronaldo Valdez in this series.
He continued to star in many series such as Walang Hanggan (with Julia Montes and Paulo Avelino), Ikaw Lamang (with Kim Chiu) and Juan dela Cruz. However, he further solidified his role as one of the most bankable actors of his generation with his television series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, which has been airing since 2015.
Coco also has different ventures outside his acting forte. He is the co-founder and director of the media and firm tech CoSyn Mediatech, which is a partnership with Synergy 88. With this partnership, the firm developed a gaming app called “Ang Panday” which was based on Fernando Poe Jr.’s Ang Panday. They also made the app “La Luna Sangre filter app” which was based on the popular hit show La Luna Sangre.
Apart from the media and tech firm, Coco also have his own film production company. The company is called CCM Film Productions and has produced three films all of which are starred by Coco himself. The films are Ang Panday, Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles, and 3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon!
Watching Coco has definitely been engraved in the hearts and habits of Filipinos all over the world. Even during these difficult times, he manages to be an inspiration to many. That’s one of the many reasons why we love him, and of course, we will continue supporting his projects.